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From the Charred Remains

(Lucy Campion Mysteries #2)

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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  596 ratings  ·  72 reviews
It’s 1666 and the Great Fire has just decimated an already plague-ridden London. Lady’s maid Lucy Campion, along with pretty much everyone else left standing, is doing her part to help the city clean up and recover. But their efforts come to a standstill when a couple of local boys stumble across a dead body that should have been burned up in the fire but miraculously ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Minotaur Books
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Angie
Apr 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggggggh. As someone who loves historical mysteries, and can usually find SOMETHING nice to say about the media I consume, this was just.... Bland? Boring? The core mystery wouldn't be half bad if the prose had just been SLIGHTLY more interesting/descriptive/varying. Things happened too simply or too quickly. There wasn't enough characterization or build-up to evoke ANY sort of emotional response. The best I can say is that it was a relatively quick read.
Vinnie Hansen
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't read many historical mysteries. The strictures placed on a female protagonist of bygone eras can be irritating. However, From the Charred Remains gripped me with its opening scene where we find heroine Lucy Campion raking through the debris of the Great Fire of London. Author Susana Calkins, who has a doctorate in Bristish history, writes with fascinating detail of the time. I particularly liked the gossip, such as the fire started because 1666 was "the devil's year."

Perhaps sensing
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Laura Lee
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Second in a series. Liked as much as the first, tho I think the first should be read first to get full enjoyment of this book, as is the case of many series. Lucy is apprentice to a printer and gets involved in a murder committed before the Great London Fire. Has lots of twists and turns. There is still that romance between Lucy and Adam, but Adam better make up his mind! There is someone else interested in Lucy, too. She's smart and feisty and I enjoyed the book very much.
Lorene
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I picked up this galley at the Macmillan booth at PLA. I really liked the first book and was excited to read the second one a bit early. You don't have to read the first book to like the second one, but I would recommend it for continuity of the characters and the setting. From the Charred Remains had even more going on than Murder at Rosamund's Gate. A lot of characters and their family members brought a lot of action to the story. I love Lucy Campion! She reminds me of Nancy Drew. I highly ...more
Alicia Riley
May 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm disappointed with this book. What should of been fun historical fiction mystery set after the Great Fire in 1666 about servant name Lucy Campion helping to solve a murder instead turn about to be boring. I'm lucky to even get up to near page 160 before I gave up on this book.
Louise Morris
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quite a good mystery story. Had trouble putting it down.
Abra
Okay... I may read another if Susanna Calkins gets another published, but the painful anachronisms in the second of her Restoration England series are becoming more numerous. The feminist former chambermaid servant is now informally apprenticed to a full on publishing empire-in-a-box -- the author acknowledges that she combined several trades (and guilds) into one, 'to make the story more logical' or something like that. Thus, printers a) make their own ink; b) write their own copy; c) make ...more
Aimee
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lucy Campion stumbles upon a grisly scene in the aftermath of the Great London Fire of 1666. A corpse has been discovered amid the rubble, strangely preserved, with a knife sticking out of its chest. When a bag of miscellaneous items turns up next to the corpse, Lucy's natural curiosity kicks in, and she can't resist using her connections and wit to assist Constable Duncan in solving this mystery. I liked this one well enough to go back and read the first in the series, and I look forward to ...more
Jean
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-series
Hurray for Susanna Calkins! Her second book presented a mystery that Agatha Christie would be envious of. It was not just one mystery but several! And add a little romance and you have a 5 star book! Loved it!
LK
An excellent mystery set in London just following the Great Fire, and second featuring servant, sleuth, and budding true crime writer Lucy Campion. Lovers of historical mysteries will find Campion fine company for rainy afternoons.
Sharmaine Ceballos
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sorry I goofed up!Didn't mean to do a one star!
Karen
Jan 21, 2014 marked it as to-read
Looking forward to reading this second installment of a feisty educated woman!
Georgia Lengyel
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
This is a "can't put it down" book. Very good story line and also plausible.
Polly Summers
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The mystery kept me guessing until the end and I really love Lucy as the heroine. Romance is somewhat in the book but the mystery is more important, which is refreshing. (However, I would have liked Adam to have been in the book a bit more). This book is just as well researched as the first one and I felt like I had time-travelled to the 1660s. The author acknowledges at the end of the book that Lucy does have more freedom that most women but she breaks down her ...more
Debbie
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Second in the Lucy Campion historical fiction series, set just after the Great London Fire of 1666. The story starts with the fire clean-up and with that, the challenges and opportunities many had to switch identities because of the lack of paperwork, burned, lost or just not available. Talk about identity theft - it was rampant!

Lucy is a strong, young woman, never fearful of taking on anyone, and although I think that type of character would have been very rare in that rough time period, I
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Amy
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The second book in the series was almost as good as the first… I really enjoyed following Lucy on her adventures. I found her new career interest fascinating. And of course the historical notes both in the book and in the authors notes at the end where extremely interesting. I like how this authors books seem to have more than one mystery even though you really think it is only one mystery at the beginning of the book. It’s fun to watch the Play evolve. I’m looking forward to reading the next ...more
L P
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: calkins-susanna
In the weeks following the Great 1666 Fire of London, 2 boys discover a body. Lucy Campion, who is helping to clean out the remains of a burned building nearby, is curious. Putting the clues together, she is not only able to learn who killed the man, but also to solve a riddle reuniting a young couple.
Rebecca
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Anachronistic use of forks aside (God, I'm picky), this was another enjoyable romp with Lucy in 1666 London. It did throw me that Calkins kept reiterating that the first book took place over the course of two years, because I honestly don't remember that, but the writing is smooth and the story entertaining. I'll certainly be reading book three.
Melissa Michelle
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Found a new author that I love and her book was amazing. I will be reading and looking out for more books from her humble desk!!! ...more
Erica
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Very enjoyable sequel
Beverly
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Set after the Great Fire in London with a lady's maid involved in solving a murder investigation.
Diane
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Rather boring, I did not finish
Abby Pechin
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Disappointing but a quick entertaining read.
Pamela Finney
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interesting heroine and time period. Well written both historically and the mystery. The characters come alive, each accurate in their own sphere.
Kitty
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Picked this up at the Gates Library Bookstore. The author has a doctorate in British history. Lots of interesting detail but also a good story and likeable characters. Enjoying it so far.

After finishing it, I'd still say it was good. It's the author's second novel. I haven't read her first so I can't compare them. With this one, she missed editing for continuity in at least one spot, I think. But overall I enjoyed it.
Erin Al-Mehairi
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is book two in the series. In reading them all, you'll get to know Lucy better; however, these can also be read stand alone as Susanna does a wonderful job of including enough information that you won't be missing too much. And coming in April 2015, is her third book in the series, The Masque of a Murderer.

Lucy is a chambermaid, a former chambermaid as we read this book two of the series, and I was thrilled to see that she was taking on a different job, working at the print shop in
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Spuddie
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent second book in the Lucy Campion series set just after the events of the London fire in 1666. Lucy, her presence in the magistrate Hargreave's home now superfluous (she was lady's maid to the magistrate's wife, who died of plague) decides to seek employment and possible apprenticeship with the bookseller Master Avery. While he cannot grant her full apprenticeship, he does offer employment and a flat that she and her brother Will, a blacksmith's apprentice, can share. Of course she ...more
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Laura Carter
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
I didn't realize this book was the second in the series until I started reading it and it was giving back history like I should know what happened. And then when I looked up the first in the series, I realized I had read that one also, although I don't remember much about it.

The book was slow. Painfully slow. There would be pages describing her everyday movements and then the adventurous, intense parts would be so short I would have to re-read them to understand what happened. And maybe it was
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Karla Huebner
I was drawn to the idea of a mystery set in the London of 1666, but while this is a largely pleasant read with an appealing heroine/sleuth, I found the anachronisms and poor proofreading quite jarring. I don't really care whether the author knows the difference between "wretch" and "retch" or "throngs" and "throes," but it's the publisher's job to make sure authorial misspellings are rooted out. Such infelicities, however, are small matters compared to getting enough historical details wrong ...more
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SUSANNA CALKINS, author of the award-winning Lucy Campion series, holds a PhD in history and teaches at the college level. Her historical mysteries have been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark and Agatha awards, among many others, and The Masque of a Murderer received a Macavity. Originally from Philadelphia, Calkins now lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two sons.

Other books in the series

Lucy Campion Mysteries (4 books)
  • A Murder at Rosamund's Gate  (Lucy Campion Mysteries, #1)
  • The Masque of a Murderer (Lucy Campion Mysteries, #3)
  • A Death Along the River Fleet (Lucy Campion Mysteries, #4)